A billion people go to bed hungry every night. Half of the population of our world lives on 2 dollars a day. High birth rates, lack of education and birth control, tribalism, war, lack of medical care and development of food resources, the list of reasons for this issue goes on and on. As the politics of food are manipulated towards higher profits and campaigns financed by the wealthy decrease food production and access to food for the poorest people of our world, I wonder what is to become of them.
Today many charitable efforts are made for the purpose of political influence in the control of natural resources. Funded by those who excel at gathering vast amounts of resources unto themselves they act in the name of conservation and preservation of the natural world informing the public of any potential crisis or new issue to fear. People who feed the world are demonized, disparaged, and dispossessed. The new culture leaves access to food off of the agenda and the struggling poor behind.
Out in the world tonight there is a baby softly crying from hunger. Its parents weak and exhausted from working all day to buy food that sadly will not be enough. The baby like so many others will not survive the night. A victim of geography and food policy that is decided by people who live in a place where food is so plentiful that living in close proximity to their garbage can would have been enough to save the child.
As I write this I am sitting on a fishing vessel tied to the dock in Gloucester Mass. Surrounded by an ocean full of herring that show strong evidence of being mal-nourished due to abundance that is more than the eco-system can support. Idled by politics and a campaign of prejudice our sustainable fishery is under constant attack. Instead of feeding the world we are being regulated out of existence. I just don't understand...
My name is JJ and I have been a fisherman since I was a child. I have fished the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Pacific Ocean off of Washington and Oregon, The Sea of Okhotsk and the Outer Kamchatka Peninsula, and The Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Maine, Georges and all the way south to the Chesapeake Bay). I have fished for Crab, Salmon, Halibut, Sable fish, Clams, Lobster, Arrow tooth, Shrimp, Herring, Perch, Shrimp, Octopus, bass, Cod, Whiting, Pollock and some less memorable fish like ling cod and others that we never got that many of. I have caught fish with every kind of fishing gear imaginable. Enough to feed countries. Feeding the world has been my life's work. When I have time I volunteer at food banks and support them.